The December holiday ratings slide has begun in earnest. Overall TV viewing levels were down four percent overall last night. Between the weakening audience levels and number of repeats on the air, the morning ratings will have less relevance through the end of the year. So for the next couple weeks, we’ll post the numbers when something of particular interest happens (like the upcoming X Factor and Terra Nova finales), but not necessarily every morning.
That said: Thursday night saw CBS’ Person of Interest (12.8 million viewers, 2.8 adults 18-49 rating) and Fox’s The X Factor (9.7 million, 2.8) — along with a Big Bang Theory repeat — leading the night in the adult demo. Interest and The Mentalist (13 million, 2.7) managed to maintain last week’s numbers, X Factor was down a tenth. ABC’s two-hour Katie Couric special (5.5 million, 1.5) was modest. NBC is still not done burning off the rest of Prime Suspect (3.6 million, 0.8), which fell to a new low.